Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 18
S I WRITE THIS, OUR WORLD IS REELING
from a barrage of bad news - hurricanes
ripping through the Caribbean and the
United States, earthquakes rocking Mexico,
and the senseless shootings in Las Vegas. Like so many
of you, I have emotional and personal connections to
these places, with friends and family who live there and
fond memories made while visiting them.
Virtuoso's mantra is "travel unites," and our
network's mission is to enrich lives through human
connection. Perhaps it's fitting, then, that this issue
celebrates one of the most fundamental ways to connect with
a place and its people: through food. Indeed, some of my favorite
travel memories center on sustenance: a romantic candlelit table
on the beach in Puerto Rico, a pre-concert dinner with friends
in Las Vegas, communal crawfish boils in Houston. Of course,
a meal is about so much more than the food; it's also about the
people you share it with. The bonds forged through meaningful
travel experiences - including those that happen at the table -
foster understanding and make our world a better place.
With that in mind, this issue sets the table for your next
adventure. It's said that food is the universal way to the heart -
and we could all use a little love right now.
When tragedy strikes, the tourism industry springs into action, from
travel advisors who work tirelessly to reroute clients to our travel partners who shelter guests and even help with recovery efforts. Cruise
lines such as Norwegian and Royal Caribbean (right) redeployed ships
to islands affected by the recent hurricanes, delivering supplies and
evacuating stranded tourists. Virtuoso is a member of Tourism Cares,
an organization to which you can donate to support recovery efforts.
Go to tourismcares.org to learn more.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
(ELAINE SRNKA) KEVIN J. MIYAZAKI
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR &
VICE PRESIDENT, CONTENT